Nawazuddin Siddiqui has aced the common man roles in Bollywood but he feels that maximum stories don’t focus on grey emotions and are only comedy or melodrama.
Best known for his roles in “Kahaani”, “Gangs of Wasseypur”, “Talaash”, Siddiqui still feels that the Hindi cinema does not explore ‘nau ras’ (nine emotions) that exist in ‘Natyaashashtra’.
“People go and watch a film either for laughter or expect it to be an emotional. In our films, we only work on two or three emotions but there are other five-six emotions in the Natyashastra but our industry works very less on it. These are the most difficult emotions to present on the big screen,” Siddiqui told PTI.
Quoting Hollywood veteran Robert De Niro, the “Manjhi” star said, “Like Robert De Niro has said, ‘a person publicly hides his emotions.’ But in films, we deliberately act. In my case, I prefer to do such roles where I don’t have to show my emotions much.”
In “Freaky Ali”, Siddiqui, who has mostly dealt with intense roles, will be doing a full-fledged comedic role for the first time and the actor says he prefers it to be effortless.
“We have this trend of comedy here that actors make weird faces on the big screen, they use punch lines and put in so much effort to make audience laugh. According to me, it should not be like that… That effort should not be there,” he said.
Siddiqui, 42, also believes that larger-than-life roles are easy to portray rather than playing common parts.
“I never repeated my roles. The most difficult role is to play a common man in the film. Playing larger-than-life roles are quite easy because that character has a certain image. But grey shade are a lot more difficult.”
“Freaky Ali”, also starring Arbaaz Khan, Amy Jackson and Jas Arora, will hit the theatres on September 9.